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This dancer doesn't miss a beat

Rochester, N.Y. -- Tony Lesakowski started dancing to mend a broken heart. His wife had died suddenly and he needed to do something to take his mind off his grief.

Tony is winning competitions all over the country. But he almost died eight years ago. He had heart failure and needed a heart transplant to survive.

Tony received his new heart at Strong Hospital in 2006, thanks to a young man who donated his organs.

Though the 66-year-old started dancing to stay busy, he learned to love it and now it has become a sport. He takes lessons six days a week, dances during the week and competes on weekends. He won top male dancer in a competition in Niagara Falls recently and will compete in Cancun next month.

Doctors at UR Medicine Strong Hospital are proud of Tonys progress and that he has followed their advice to stay active.

Cardiologist Leway Chen treated Tony, and transplant surgeon H. Todd Massey performed his heart surgery.

Tony said he was lucky he only had to wait two months for a heart, and he said the one he received was a perfect fit because of his size and weight. He also said its a strong heart, which has given him to stamina to do vigorous dancing so many times a week.

He is grateful for the gift of life from this young man and to the doctors at Strong who saved his life.

He said it also helps to have a dance partner who is half his age. He said she keeps him on his toes.

 
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